Right-footed but with the ability to operate off either flank, Northumbrian-born Jonathan Baker's early career saw him embark on a mazy dribble through the English West Midlands and the Spanish Basque Territory, from which he emerged with a second-class honours degree in Modern Languages, an appreciation for existentialist paperbacks, and troublesome soft-spots for strong European lager and Wolverhampton Wanderers. After an ill-starred foray into secondary school teaching in south central Manchester, which he prefers not to talk about (especially the time when a single large brown onion was thrown through an open window into the dead centre of his classroom, occasioning mayhem), he signed up with visible relief for the life of a lowly city-centre desk clerk, which dusty, long-afternooned vocation afforded ample headspace to dedicate to his writerly pursuits. Married, with one very-nearly grown-up boy-child, he resides in Stockport, Cheshire, in a pretend-Victorian terrace-dwelling enjoying spectacular views of the Peak District, or at least it would if the electricity substation wasn't in the way. He writes -- indeed may be doing so even as we speak -- at his blog: http://crinklybee.typepad.com
James is a physician in Portland, Oregon, who runs a teaching clinic for Legacy Health System and serves as Chief Medical Officer for Skyline Hospital in White Salmon, Washington. He finds it impossible to write stories that don't involve elements not generally found in reality, likely from a youth spent steeped in science fiction.
Hannah is a writer and teacher of English from Washington, Tyne and Wear. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Newcastle and was a runner up in the 2019 Sun Writing Competition with Sunderland University and Waterstones. She is currently working on a short story collection inspired by North East folklore as well as her debut novel, a modern gothic in which a woman is pursued by an unknown presence -- stalker or ghost?
Margie has four novels in print: two romantic comedies with Amazon Montlake and two thrillers with HarperCollins/Avon. Her debut thriller, A Dark Love , received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and made their Top 100 Books List of 2009. It was published in Italy by Mondadori and Germany in the prestigious Diana Verlag imprint of Random House. Originally from Queens, she grew up in Dix Hills, Long Island and earned her BA from The George Washington University. She does media relations for a law enforcement agency and writes fiction when she can. The Carrolls reside in Michigan with a Scottish Terrier named Hawkeye.
Steve is an experienced writer and dramatist. His political thriller, GLADIO: We Can Neither Confirm nor Deny (Zymurgy Publishing) came out in 2013. His feature film, Hold Back the Night (Parallax Pictures), opened Critics Week at Cannes '99 while his radio adaptation of Graham Swift's Waterland for BBC won the WGGB Best Radio Dramatisation. His short story "Little Bird" was commissioned by Comma Press for their anthology Resist: Tales of British Uprising. Currently, he is working on a new novel, The Dark Months, and developing ideas.
Rachael is a writer and poet based in Lincolnshire, UK. She recently studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, and has work published or forthcoming with 3 Moon Magazine, Burning House Press, can we have our ball back?, Fly on the Wall Press, Horla, Streetcake Magazine, and Truffle. Follow her on Twitter @rachaelg2601 or Instagram @rachaelcharlotte14
Jill is a clinical supervisor at Northwestern University and therapist specializing in neurodiverse partnerships. Her life and career have taken her literally around the world -- she did a 360° loop with many stops along the way. She enjoys music and movie-making as well as writing and loves how these crafts intersect with her work.
Pat Fish is a senile delinquent who writes songs about sex, death, and talking animals. He lives with two cats and five guitars in Northampton, England. www.jazzbutcher.com
Dirk is a writer of speculative fiction from Tasmania. Best known for sf and fantasy stories, he is currently working on screenwriting and non-fiction.
Melissa has published three poetry collections with Penned in the Margins, a fiction chapbook with Rough Trade, and a novel with Morbid Books. Her third poetry collection, Sunshine , received the Somerset Maugham Award and her novel, That Lonesome Valley , was longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness prize.
Jaz is a fairly average human who was alive at the time of his story's creation. He enjoys cheese, singing, and cutting his toenails with a knife, although not necessarily in that order. He is Welsh, and eats surprisingly little seaweed.
Guy was the singer in the signed band Alba Nova. His novels include The Intimates (a 2011 Read Regional Title), Letters from Yelena (winner of an Arts Council Literature Award and featured in GCSE training by Osiris Educational), How I Left The National Grid (written as part of a PhD in Creative Writing) and An Honest Deceit (winner of an Arts Council Literature Award and a New Writing North Read Regional Award). He is a full-time lecturer at The University of Lincoln. His novel Dead Rock Stars was published in September 2020, and his first non-fiction book, Albion's Secret History: Snapshots of England's Pop Rebels and Outsiders was published by Zer0 Books in March 2021.
Matt O'Grady is a man of few words.
Hope works in a really big library and lives with an excellent husband, a fourth-hand piano, too many books, and a suspicious number of cats.
Philip is a writer, director, and composer living in Portland, Oregon. He is the creator of Frogtown, a national award-winning musical story series. Philip received an Emmy for ABC-TV's Rapmatazz and was named Best Director at the LA Film Festival.
Walker is a fiction writer with New England in his bones. He seeks out the intersections between object and place, and the memories bound up in both. To his eye, the most compelling plot is the most mundane one, and the most important detail is the smallest. "Still Life with Fragments" is his first piece of published work.
Pauline is an Irish/Welsh mix from Liverpool who has lived in many places. She has published several collections of poetry (Bint, Red Squirrel 2011), a verse novella (From Here to Timbuktu, Smokestack 2012), and a collection of short stories (Dancing With a Stranger, Red Squirrel 2015). Plummer has tutored creative writing in the UK and abroad. She lives and has brought up a family in the North East. A founding editor of Mudfog Press, she is currently working on a novel.
John is an award-winning writer, originally from New York and now living in Newcastle upon Tyne. His novel Fontoon was published by Dedalus Books, and his numerous plays of various lengths have been performed at small but perfectly formed theatres in three countries. His creative writing PhD focused on the terrorism novel in a surrealist mode, a research focus that mutated into a non-fiction work called Surrealpolitik that is being published by Zer0 Books in early 2022.
Christi is a clinical audiologist volunteer for the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.
James lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with two cats and a variety of neuroses, but isn't sure if both groups help with writing. He is also realising that submission letters might play some role in success.
Andrew lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and has two novels in progress.
Kay has had short stories published in various anthologies and won the New Writing North/Journal flash fiction competition. She is currently editing her first novel about a middle-aged female stand-up comic, which has taken so long to develop it has almost stripped away her own sense of humour.